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Pope's Easter prayers for Libya, Ivory Coast, Japan

Catholic World News - April 25, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in the Middle East, and especially in Libya, during his Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday.

“May the splendor of Christ reach the peoples of the Middle East,” the Pope prayed, after proclaiming the joy of the Resurrection. He called for a diplomatic rather than military solution to the conflict in Libya, and urged help for the civilians caught up in the fighting.

The Pope also prayed for peace in Africa, mentioning Ivory Coast especially. And he added his prayers for “consolation and hope” for the people of Japan coping with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami there.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in and around St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s announcement.

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